Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid: Review - football

Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid: Review

Recap of the action from Barcelona?s spectacular win against Real Madrid In the first El Clasico of the 2018-19 season, Barcelona pummeled Real Madrid, scoring five goals while conceding just the one. Even with Lionel Messi on the sidelines, Real?s defense struggled to contain Barcelona?s attacks. Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring but the Catalans were led by a Luis Suarez hat-trick. Barcelona ran into some trouble early in the second half, but ultimately ran over the visitors with Arturo Vidal also scoring late in the game.
With the magnitude of the match it was expected neither manager would be doing any experimenting and that proved to be the case, with Ernesto Valverde going with Rafinha on the right side once again.
While Real Madrid would get first possession and the first attack it would be Barcelona who would open the match as the better team, quickly establishing their dominance of the ball. The Catalans were looking to quickly pin Real Madrid deep who allowed Barcelona to control the ball, but defensively they allowed very little. But as Real attacked and opened up in the 11th minute, Barcelona launched a quick counter with Jordi Alba being sprung behind the defense by a lovely deep ball. Sprinting down the left wing the Spaniard was looking for options in the middle where Saurez was trying to get open. Showing excellent patience, Alba didn?t try to force the ball to the Uruguayan but found the completely uncovered Coutinho behind him who made no mistake ...
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